Not wasting any time, Nocentelli's friend, a San Francisco venue owner named Jason Perkins, fired off a terse note to Travelodge, and wisely cc'd SF Weekly in the email. He wrote:
"Your manager refused to accept a credit card from a famous artist, Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, saying your policy is not to accept credit cards from black people. [Nocentelli] is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you treated him so terribly I am still shaking."
While we are painfully aware that racism exists in certain parts of the country, we never would have guessed in a million years that San Francisco would be one of them! Travelodge? Well, we have lower expectations for them, though that is in no way an excuse for hiring bigots.
So far, Travelodge has refused to comment on the ugly incident, offering to say only that their "policy is to deny access to those whose credit cards reflect insufficient funds." Whether the cards actually had insufficient funds, or if it was just a matter of the manager not liking the looks on the guys' faces, remains unclear.
Care to weigh in? Should Travelodge be taking more responsibility for its backwards-thinking managers? Or was this just a case of wrong place, wrong time? Let us know in the comments below!
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